By Will Butcher
Pontus Jansson is expected to return to the Leeds side on Saturday against Aston Villa after missing the 2-0 League Cup defeat against Liverpool, according to a reliable journalist.
The 25-year-old fan favourite was left out of the Yorkshire giants’ squad for the Anfield showdown by manager Garry Monk on Tuesday night.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay revealed that Jansson was suffering from “illness” but should be fit to return on Saturday in the Championship tea-time clash against Villa.
The Sweden international wa replaced by Liam Cooper for the EFL Cup quarter final against Liverpool, who lined up alongside Swansea loanee Kyle Bartley at the heart of Leeds’ defence.
Leeds acquitted themselves well but lost due to goals from Divock Origi and substitute Ben Woodburn, who became the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history at the age of 17 years and 45 days.
On loan from Torino, Jansson has endeared himself to fans during his 13 league and cup appearances for Garry Monk’s promotion-chasing side this season.
Jansson, who began his career with Swedish giants Malmo as a striker, failed to feature against local rivals Rotherham on the weekend as Monk’s side repelled a late onslaught to secure a 2-1 win.
Leeds will have to do without their in-form summer signing against Jurgen Klopp’s Merseyside giants, who are expected to secure victory against Leeds to progress to the semi finals of the tournament.
In other Leeds team news, Jansson has posted this message on Twitter after it was confirmed that he would miss the game.